Tuesday, February 14, 2017

AI beats humans at Go

It's been about a year since Google's AI program beat grandmaster Lee Se-dol at the game of Go. For many years, this game had been held out as exponentially more difficult for computer learning than chess (a game for which the human grandmaster Garry Kasparov was beaten in 1997).But recent advances in machine learning have started to make many of these insurmountable challenges crumble.

Interestingly, the tournaments of both Kasparov and Se-dol share an interesting trait: The human player was strong until a particular move in Game 2 was inexplicable to the human grandmaster. After this their morale was shattered and they were totally overwhelmed in the rest of the tournament. BBC

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